Centro Library and Archives Historical Preservation and Research Partnership Program Fall 2016-Spring 2017

The Center for Puerto Rican Studies Library and Archives seeks Partners to collect, archival material, conduct research, and disseminate new knowledge about the history of Puerto Rican individuals in communities in the United States.

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The Collection

The Identification and Documentation Collection consists of official records from the Office of the Government of Puerto Rico in the United States (OGPRUS). It includes the Application for Certificate of Identification and supporting documents that served as proof of migrants’ U.S. citizenship. These supporting documents may include affidavits, official correspondence, birth, baptismal, marriage, divorce, and death certificates and identification cards.

For more detailed information about this collection, refer to The Records of the Office of the Government of Puerto Rico in the United States, 1930-1993 Finding Aid available in Spring 2005. To be notified when it is published, send an email to Pedro Juan Hernandez at dhernad@hunter.cuny.edu.



Application for a Certification of Identification

 Form for female applicants

Each application includes:
- application number
- signature of applicant
- applicant name
- physical description
- birth information - fingerprint
- parent's birth information
- affidavit of identifying witness
- husband's name & birth information (for female applicants)
- date of application
- method of citizenship
- photograph of applicant
- emergency contact name & address
- signature of the Chief of Identification Service